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A new home at Lake Cathie

Omnicare establishes Lake Cathie presence

Lake Cathie has a new base for older Camden Haven residents keen to maintain social connections.

Aged care provider Omnicare has found a new home for its local Social Support Groups (SSG) programs, following the designation of its previous facility at Laurieton as a Covid 19 testing centre.

The not-for-profit group switched last week to Lake Cathie Community Centre, where it is now running programs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Head of Omnicare SSG, Sarah McGarrity, is delighted to have found somewhere to facilitate this important service.

“Social support is about fostering participants’ sense of community,” she said. “Our regulars engage with each other and our staff through meaningful and purposeful activities.

“It’s important for one’s wellbeing to have that feeling of belonging.

“I’m so pleased our Camden Haven clients have that opportunity again to re-connect at this fantastic centre.”

Ms McGarrity said she had approached Port Macquarie-Hastings Council about a venue for the group. A council official put her in contact with the Lake Cathie Neighbourhood Centre, which manages the facility on Mulloway Road.

“We’ve been made very welcome,” she said. “There’s a lot going on here already, with various activity groups and a community garden in the pipeline.

“I’m sure there’ll be opportunities for us to involve clients in many of those, to collaborate in the spirit of community.”

Omnicare hosts SSG programs at four other day centres: two at Port Macquarie (Morton and Greenmeadows); Wauchope; and Kempsey (Parklands Cottage).

These have re-opened recently, having suspended operations in March following the implementation of government directives for non-residential aged care facilities.

As a Covid Safe service provider, Omnicare has established comprehensive infection control measures at each of its sites in the Mid North Coast region.

The Camden Haven SSG was housed previously at the Community Health Centre, in Laurieton.

For more information on Omnicare’s Montessori-based programs, visit:

photo caption A new venue: Omnicare SSG regular Beverley Ryder and support worker Jay Rawson offer a warm welcome, while fellow-regular Brian Holtz watches on at Lake Cathie Community Centre.